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Ms Holly Wilkins

Deputy Headteacher

I joined EGA as a KS3 post holder in English in my third year of teaching and due to internal staff movement, I became Head of the English department the year after. Although a challenge, I was supported every step of the way by my colleagues and line manager. EGA supported me taking part in Teaching Leaders, a two-year middle leadership development programme, which meant I had the additional support of an external coach and many high quality training sessions. I also completed an MA in Educational Leadership.

After four rewarding years as Head of English, I started to think about the next steps in my career. Through the appraisal process, my line manager encouraged me to set targets which would enable me to gain the whole school experience required for senior leadership positions. I was invited to shadow senior leadership meetings for a term, an opportunity that is open to all middle leaders in the school. This really developed my understanding of whole school leadership and was very helpful to talk about in interviews.

I was internally promoted to Assistant Headteacher, with responsibility for line managing English and Year 7 and key whole school roles in developing teaching and learning and primary transition. I did this role for 3 years, and then after a maternity leave, I was promoted to Deputy Headteacher, on an acting and then permanent basis. Now I lead on curriculum, quality assurance of teaching and learning and CPD, as well as line managing a house and two faculties. I love being able to work across a school that has such passionate and committed staff and enthusiastic students. I feel very strongly that any ambitious teacher and aspiring leader who comes to EGA will be similarly supported and challenged to reach their full potential.

Mr Shah Alom

Head of Pegasus House and Math Teacher

I have been teaching at EGA since 2016. I started as a student teacher on my first placement. EGA was a fantastic place to do my PGCE year in a very supportive maths department. It allowed me to experience teaching in a friendly, non-judgemental environment that was full of guidance and the opportunity to learn. At the end of my PGCE year, a vacancy came up and I was offered the opportunity to do my NQT year at EGA. Without any hesitation I accepted. Since then my career has gone from strength to strength and, through the progression opportunities and training here, I stepped up to become a Head of House.

I am now in my second year as Head of Pegasus House and I am really enjoying this role supporting students pastorally. My role is to give support, guidance and encouragement to students, both academically and pastorally, which has always been a great passion of mine. Since taking over this post, I have completed the pastoral leaders course, run by the Angel Islington Teaching School Alliance, in order to develop my skills and qualities in this field. This allowed me to develop professionally, working alongside neighbouring schools and having a more informed outlook on pastoral care across the borough.

There is huge scope at EGA to get involved with extracurricular activities. I have been part of the ‘trauma informed practice committee’, as well as the staff wellbeing committee, to explore how we can best look after the wellbeing of all stakeholders in the school environment. Both committees are making progress and we have already noticed a significant improvement in how we support our students.

Last year, myself and a colleague from the Humanities department established the ‘power of language’ seminar that was run as part of the ‘Belonging’ conference at EGA. This has had a fantastic response by our students, engaging them in a very important dialogue about how we communicate with each other. We have also noticed a big shift in the language and culture amongst our students. As a result, we have been approached by other schools interested in delivering this seminar.

EGA has so much to offer to energetic and ambitious teachers. The support received is second to none and staff will always be given the opportunity to flourish here.

Ms Jasvin Singh

English Teacher

I first joined EGA in 2015 as a Higher Level Teaching Assistant. I worked within the SEN department, supporting students in their English lessons. This allowed me to help a range of students and from this I learnt how passionate the teachers at EGA are for supporting all students, while always promoting high expectations.

Although I originally only worked at EGA for a year, it was a school that I hoped I could return to. When the Angel Islington Teaching School Alliance was announced, I jumped at the chance to complete my training at the school as the values of EGA resonated with me. The Schools Direct (PGCE) route with the TSA worked best for me as it provided the benefit of completing my PGCE at the Institute for Education as well as receiving a diverse range of training from across the schools within the TSA. One of the most valuable parts of training with the TSA was the opportunity to train alongside teachers from different subjects and schools. The weekly Professional Studies sessions allowed me to learn from other trainees, which widened my understanding of teaching.

The immense support I received during my training year was continued throughout my time as an NQT at EGA. I always felt well supported within my department and always encouraged to develop my practice. Within my first year of teaching, I helped deliver whole school training as well as lead on big projects within my department. I had a number of CPD opportunities which helped develop my teaching skills, as well as build my confidence. This has continued in my second year of teaching through the Becoming an Expert Teacher course, available through the TSA, which focuses on teaching theory, practice and self-evaluation. EGA is a school which I feel continuously invests in their teachers through the endless training and development opportunities.

There is a wide scope at EGA to get involved in extracurricular activities. In my NQT year I ran various reading and creative writing clubs. This year I have started a Debate Club which has more than doubled in size since starting in September, going from 4 students to 12 across Years 7-9. This has helped students develop their skills set beyond the classroom, which is something EGA prides itself on.

EGA is a school full of supportive, ambitious and energetic teachers and I truly enjoy being part of the wider EGA community.

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